40 Ways to Find Solace in a Storm

“I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.”

― Oscar Wilde

  1. Call your dad
  2. Sip a hot cup of coffee
  3. Take 10 minutes to soak up some sun on a warm, sunny front porch
  4. Feet up & a good book
  5. Jump on your bike and take a ride
  6. Grab the music player, pop in the ear buds, play your favorite upbeat music and ask the vacuum to dance (Bonus you get some clean floors)
  7. Give a lingering hug with someone you love
  8. Look through old photos, create a collage of someone you love using Picasa or other photo editor
  9. Take a quick walk around the neighborhood
  10. Clean the kitchen window and let the sun shine in
  11. Visit a local park and play, swing, jump, run with your kids
  12. Pop in your favorite funny movie.  It feels so good to laugh
  13. Find a hand to hold, your husband, wife, mom, dad, child
  14. Garden.  Work the soil, kill the weeds, watch your plants grow
  15. Enjoy the sunset
  16. Plan a fun family activity for the weekend
  17. Enjoy a thunderstorm, turn the lights down low and listen to the rain, the thunder, the sky as it lights up with lightening
  18. Open up the curtains.  The sun does wonders for the soul.
  19. Pet the dog
  20. Pray
  21. Ask a friend to work on a project together; in the house, in the garage, just time together
  22. Feed the birds
  23. Perform an act of service, do something for someone else
  24. Wash your car
  25. Close your eyes, what do you hear?  Wind, birds, the distant roar of an aircraft, children playing, the list may be endless.
  26. Color (with or without kids)
  27. Make bread (or pizza dough).  Kneading dough releases tension.
  28. Grab the camera and take some pictures of something beautiful
  29. Wake up early. Enjoy the sunrise
  30. Plan a much needed vacation, including easy ways that you can save for it
  31. Enjoy some yogurt with some favorite toppings; nuts, fresh fruit, maybe some whip cream
  32. Accomplish something that has been on the to-do list for way too long
  33. Call or set up time to have coffee with a close friend
  34. Email a long lost friend that you have fallen out of touch with
  35. Send a letter in the mail to a grandparent
  36. Pull out the play-dough
  37. Cut some flowers for a vase inside
  38. Take time for your hobbies, work on something you enjoy
  39. Mow the lawn
  40. Call your mom

What are some therapeutic ways to bring a smile to your face and a happier disposition when it just feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders?

- Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com
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Leanne is the mother of four boys from 2 to 19 years old. The wife of a soldier. The daughter of an airman. A believer in Grace, Hope and Love and leans deeply on her Christian Faith. She writes for MilitaryAvenue as a reminder that we've all 'been there, done that' in one way or another. You can read additional blogs by her by clicking here: Leanne


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